James McLellan was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and was educated at the University of Manitoba (B.F.A. 95, B.Ed. 1997). As a teacher in Winnipeg’s Pembina Trails School Division, James has pioneered a secondary school filmmaking program. He was awarded a Prime Ministers Award of Excellence for his efforts. James has worked hard to develop his craft as a director and producer, borrowing leadership and planning skills from his 16 years in the Canadian Forces. He is influenced daily by the students in his classrooms.